St. Basil Church Building Fund

$1,700 of $25k goal

Raised by 18 people in 30 months
Julie Simerick
In 2014, St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church had no choice but to leave where we had been renting for over 15 years, because our landlord refused to fix the building that was falling down around us. We were not able to find another place to rent and realized that we had to purchase a facility. With only a minimal amount in our building fund, we had to secure a loan. No churches were available that met the needs of this growing parish, so we had to think outside the box. 

We were blessed to acquire a building that used to be a daycare center.  It is located at 1520 Todd’s Lane, in Hampton, Virginia.  It is a 7000 sq ft butler style building (see photo A). Once purchased, we realized that we had our work cut out for us in converting it into an Orthodox church.  A renovation of this magnitude normally costs upwards of $500,000, if done by a construction company; however the budget was limited to $50,000 which is what we had left in our building fund, after paying the down payment for the building. Thankfully, we had a parishioner with the knowledge and experience, who offered to design and head up the construction of St. Basil’s.  We had come close to depleting the balance, but our own parishioners donated roughly $24,000 through the course of the two years. With the relentless drive and determination of our parish and its volunteers, this labor of love had begun to take shape! To see photos, click link at bottom.

 So, what began as a dream of owning our own Church building in 2014, is now three quarters of the way to completion.  We now ask for any help to realize this dream! We need to raise roughly another $25,000, for drywall, carpeting, and other finish work.  We are unable to utilize our building until the drywall is up, because the city will not allow occupancy without final inspection.  

We ask you to keep St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church and it’s parishioners in your thoughts and prayers, and if you are able to help us in any way financially, we would be blessed! Thank you to all who have already donated! God bless.


Photo A

NEW FLOOR PLAN
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Update 6
Posted by St Basil Orthodox Church
1 month ago
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Better picture of Altar and Dome
Better picture of Altar
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Update 5
Posted by St Basil Orthodox Church
1 month ago
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We have come a long way by the grace of God and the hard work of our parishioners, as you can see from the pictures! We are still accepting funds for the finish work that is required. Even though we have not met our goal here, we are truly thankful to all who have donated! You are a blessing for our small parish. Here are some pictures of our building now! Please help us reach the finish line, if you can! Or share our fundraising page. Thank you and God bless!
View of the back of the Nave.
View of the choir area.
View of the Iconostas and Altar.
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Update 4
Posted by St Basil Orthodox Church
9 months ago
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Coming along......
Our Iconostasis is taking shape.
Inside altar and entry to vesting room
Pillar, at entrance, for St. Basil Icon
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Update 3
Posted by St Basil Orthodox Church
11 months ago
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The ribs of the half-dome are going in.
The ribs of the Half-dome....
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$1,700 of $25k goal

Raised by 18 people in 30 months
Created October 11, 2014
Julie Simerick  
$300
Mariann Sidor
5 months ago
$200
Anonymous
11 months ago
$100
Julie Simerick
18 months ago

Thank you to everyone who's donated so far. Hope to have updated information for you soon. God bless!

$50
Jason & Myra Hess
22 months ago

Blessings!

MW
$50
Mark Warner
22 months ago
$60
Anonymous
23 months ago
CF
$200
Carmen Fragapane
25 months ago
AT
$100
Alexandra Tiel
26 months ago
$100
Anonymous
27 months ago
$100
Linda Dannemiller
27 months ago
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